Category Archives: UESF News

Elections for NEA Rep Assembly and CFT Convention Begin February 15th

February 10, 2017

The elections for the 2017 NEA Rep Assembly and 2017 CFT Convention are set to begin on Wednesday, February 15th. The UESF Smart Voter system will send a secure personal voting link to all active UESF members who have a personal email on file with UESF on the 15th, and again on February 21, 24, and 28. For those without a personal email on file, paper ballots will be sent via US mail by February 15th. Ballots are due back in the UESF office no later than March 1st.

If you have any trouble accessing the ballot or do not receive a ballot contact UESF membership secretary Audreen Williams at awilliams [at] uesf [dot] org for assistance.

Contract Campaign for Stable, Safe, & Supportive Schools Begins February 14th

Faculty and staff at Giannini Middle School show their union spirit as the UESF contract campaign gets underway!

Faculty and staff at Giannini Middle School show their union spirit as the UESF contract campaign gets underway!

Contract campaign for Stable, Safe, & Supportive Schools begins: Schools encouraged to hold t-shirt days and take photos with “Love Means” cards to kick off negotiations

On Tuesday, February 14th the UESF bargaining team will sit down with representatives from the SFUSD to begin contract negotiations. The talks begin as the SFUSD is projecting the need to fill 664 certificated positions next school year, one out of every seven teachers who work in the district. And the turnover crisis for paraprofessionals is perhaps even worse, with many positions still unfilled months into this school year.

The affordability crisis continues to destabilize our schools, pushing more and more educators out of the City every year. The impact is clear to everyone: Our schools are being hit hard and the ability to deliver the education every student deserves is being threatened. Stable schools become even more important in light of the developing national political situation. Ensuring that our school communities have the stability and strength to take care of our students and their families requires educators who live in the communities we serve. We are ready to stand up for our students, but we need the district’s help in order to do so.

Check our our negotiations web page for details..

Details About the Implementation of the Recent UESF Raise

During a meet and confer on wages in the fall of 2016, UESF and SFUSD agreed to an additional 2% raise for all UESF members. For certificated UESF members hired before the 1993-1994 school year, the 2% raise will begin on the pay period covered by the January 31, 2017 paycheck. For certificated UESF members hired after the 1993-1994 school year, the 2% raise will begin on the pay period covered by the February 28, 2017 paycheck. For classified UESF members, the 2% raise will begin with the pay period covering December 28, 2016 to January 10, 2017 and paid on January 18, 2017.

If you are a certificated member hired before the 1993-1994 school year and you are concerned about whether you have properly received the raise, please compare your gross pay in your January check with your December check. If your gross pay has not increased, please contact the UESF office.

Thanks to All Who Stood Up to Stop Betsy DeVos

Galileo HS staff 'Wear Red for Ed' on January 25th in opposition to the nomination of Betsy Devos to be Secretary of Education. Make the call today to our California Senators to VOTE NO on her appointment!

Galileo HS staff ‘Wear Red for Ed’ on January 25th in opposition to the nomination of Betsy Devos to be Secretary of Education. Make the call today to our California Senators to VOTE NO on her appointment!

February 7, 2016

Thanks to all who those who made phone calls, sent emails, and attended rallies to stop the radical and unqualified Betsy DeVos from getting confirmed as Secretary of Education. Despite millions of calls and emails, however, fifty Republican senators placed their own narrow self-interest ahead of our schools and our students, confirming her today with the Vice President making the deciding vote.

The groundswell of opposition to DeVos may not have been successful in keeping her from the Department of Education, but it is the very basis on which we will continue to organize against any and all attempts by the new administration to attack our public schools, including stopping a proposed $20 billion school voucher program and defending the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).

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Inauguration Week of Action Sets the Stage for Coming Organizing

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The UESF delegation to the SF Women’s March gathers in the Civic Center Plaza before the march.

January 26, 2017

What an incredible week of action! Over 400 San Francisco teachers and paras joined over 100,000 people on Saturday during the San Francisco Women’s March. We are proud to have marched with so many incredible people, standing up for our students, our families, and our communities! Whether it was your first march, or you’ve spent a lifetime in the streets and on the picket line, the marches across the nation helped to galvanize millions of people to fight back against hatred, bigotry, and sexism.

Teachers from Glen Park Elementary take part in the AROS Day of Action on January 20th.

Teachers from Glen Park Elementary take part in the AROS Day of Action on January 20th.

The Women’s March followed a very successful AROS Day of Action on Thursday, during which hundreds of educators in 32 SFUSD schools pledged before the school day to protect and defend our students and our schools, and a loud and boisterous day of action on Friday during which countless more UESF members joined another soggy day and evening of protest.

As wonderful as the turnout and energy was for the actions last week, we know that to truly bring the change we need, we’ve got to organize. With plans in place to establish an emergency response network and to defend our sanctuary city, and our contract campaign just around the corner, there is indeed much work to do.

Please share our Facebook photo album of the SF Women’s March and share your photos as well

UESF Parent & Community Survey Extended to February 6

Buena Vista Horace Mann teacher Norman Zelaya surveys a parent before school.

Buena Vista Horace Mann teacher Norman Zelaya surveys a parent before UESF contract negotiations in 2014. Such feedback from parents was critical in helping UESF determine our priorities at the bargaining table.

February 1, 2017 

Thanks to all of the UESF members who have helped conduct the UESF parent and community survey. We’ve already received an incredible response, but would like to gather as much parent input as possible before our contract talks begin on the February 14th.

Please help gather more surveys in our final push to get parent feedback. Surveys can be conducted in person before school or online. Details below…

January 6, 2017

As we get ready to kick-off our contract campaign (talks begin February 14th) and we organize for a strong union presence during the week of the presidential inauguration, UESF is launching  a parent and community survey. The survey is intended to help us understand the priorities of the families we serve before we begin negotiations.

Please help us get feedback from your school community by asking parents and caregivers to fill out the survey before and after school during the month of January.

Paper Survey Versions

English (print)

Spanish (print)

Chinese (print)

Arabic (print)

Online Survey Versions

Online (English)

Online (Spanish)

Online (Chinese)

AROS Day of Action a Success!

January 20, 2017

Yesterday, educators, parents, students, and school supporters at over two-dozen schools took part in the AROS National Day of Action. As educators, we publicly committed to our students and their families that we will do everything we can to protect them from deportation, racism, sexism, homophobia, and hate.

Thanks to everyone who participated in the Day of Action, which was covered broadly by local media, including KTVU 2, NBC 3, KRON 4, CBS 5, KCBS, the SF Examiner, and EdSource.

For more photos from the event, check out UESF’s Twitter page. Pics up on Facebook soon!

For more information about AROS, please contact UESF Executive Vice-President Susan Solomon at ssolomon [at] uesf [dot] org.

 

Free Housing Clinic for Educators – First Thursday of Every Month this Fall

Next Clinic:
Thursday, February 2, 2017
4:00-7:30 p.m.
Mission Economic Development Agency,
(2301 Mission St #301)

Note: Drop in any time from 4:00-7:30. Counseling sessions typically last approximately 30 minutes.

With funding provided by the Mayor’s Office of Housing and Community Development (MOHCD) through the 2015 Prop. A housing bond, housing counseling will be available directly to UESF members the first Thursday of every monht this fall. The counseling will be coordinated by Homeownership SF, a local nonprofit, in conjunction with the Eviction Defense Collaborative.

Services include eviction defense, home purchasing assistance with HUD approved counselors, and rental counseling. The clinics will be staffed by expert counselors and eviction advocates. Educators who attend are strongly encouraged to bring relevant materials to the counseling sessions, including: legal notices, landlord communications, current leases, household monthly budget, recent pay stubs for all household members.

Upcoming Sessions Include:

  • March 2, 2017: TBD

No RSVP is necessary; to access services just drop in. For more information go to www.homeownershipsf.org/educators.